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There are some professions that the general public knows little about. To disprove the myths, you need to go behind the scenes and talk with the artists themselves.
Many of our compatriots have never seen ballet at all, for the majority this art of dance is associated with Swan Lake, Volochkova, and Tsiskaridze. Few will remember the great ballerinas of the past, the same Maya Plisetskaya.
The recently released Black Swan film has spurred interest in this art form. And the producers have created a beautiful fairy tale that in just a year and a half of training Natalie Portman learned to dance.
In fact, the overwhelming majority of the movements for her were performed by a professional ballerina who has been dancing for over 20 years. So what is ballet really, isn't it time to debunk the main myths about it?
Parents bring children to ballet, condemning them to an unhappy life. Many people think that people get into this art thanks to cruel parents, and the life of a dancer after thirty is practically over. What's next - a scanty pension, oblivion and depression? In fact, everything is not so tragic. They really come to ballet in childhood, but usually training begins at the age of 10. Until that time, kids usually dance in studios. Of course, it is difficult to expect that at the age of 10 a child can already deliberately choose a profession. However, practice shows that none of the artists regrets their choice later. As for the pension, the average age of dancing ballerinas is 25-27 years. They begin their professional activities at the age of 18, while their peers are just beginning to learn something. The heyday of the same career falls on 30 years. After that, sadly enough, you have to switch to age parties. But what's the rule without exceptions? You can remember the Mariinsky will host Ulyana Lopatkin. At 38, she was still almost the best Odette-Odile. And artists begin to receive a pension after 20 years of work in the corps de ballet and after 15 years of solo performances. So a 36-year-old artist can start receiving such an allowance. But of those who actively dance, under 40, no one is going to leave the profession. And life at this age does not end at all. Most artists combine work with university studies, so when it comes time to leave the stage, life prospects will not fail to appear.
Ballet dancers have only their work in their heads. This myth continues the previous one. In fact, many artists are quite versatile and interesting people. For example, in the "Russian Ballet" there were dancers who, in parallel with their work in the theater, also managed to study internally at the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics. Subordination of the profession happens, but more and more often artists understand that it is not worth getting hung up on work, but that you have to try yourself in something else.
Ballerinas dance from morning to evening, they have no personal life. The artist schedule is really exhausting. Rehearsals last for five hours, during which the dancers perform many difficult jumps. But it turns out that this has already become the norm for them. Some even manage to dance in the clubs in the evenings. The rest of the artists live, not much different from other people. They talk to each other, go to the movies, have families.
All ballerinas are gaunt anorexic. It seems to many that ballerinas are constantly on a diet and at McDonald's they definitely won't be seen. Of course, there are no magnificent ballerinas, they are fit and slender girls. The average weight of such artists is slightly more than 40 kilograms, and the maximum weight does not exceed 50 kilograms. And the reason is not that the ballerinas will look bulky. However, do not forget that white suits also add volume. The explanation is simple - it will be difficult for a partner to lift and toss a swan whose weight exceeds half a centner. The myth of ballerinas emaciated by anorexia was used in the film "Black Swan". In fact, anorexia is a terrible disease that is accompanied by poor health. A normal ballet dancer cannot have this by definition, because the daily workload does not allow her to relax. And you can forgive such clichés to Americans and their films, because this country has never shone in ballet, and the audience there is used to simplification.
All ballerinas are on a diet. The terrible truth is that sometimes ballet dancers also eat at McDonald's. The fact is that the physical activity on the dancers is so high that the calories simply do not have time to stay in the body. So few people are on a diet. Another question is that it is simply impossible for them to interrupt training for a long time and to rest - the form will leave in just a few days. That is why ballet has only one day off a week. Every morning starts with an hour warm-up class, then rehearsals take place, and in the evening there is also a performance! It is not easy to survive without a normal diet with meat. Yes, and modern ballerinas can afford not to follow a diet, if only because those inclined to be overweight are weeded out during training.
In ballet, constant enmity reigns, often glasses are poured into pointe shoes, pointe shoes are cut, tutus are torn. In fact, one cannot say that such an atmosphere reigns in all theaters. Eyewitnesses say that in the "Russian Ballet" there is a benevolent attitude of artists towards each other, regardless of their position or status. And gossip and envy are common human qualities. They are found in any team.
All ballet dancers are gay. First of all, it is worth correcting, there are no "ballerinas", but there are ballet dancers or dancers. Indeed, in theaters, as in show business in general, a lot is decided through bed. But don't think of all artists as fans of same-sex love. There are, of course, such. But most achieve everything with their talent and hard work. The ballet environment is very peculiar, especially for men. It can be assumed that the constant work in front of the mirror and the hugging of ballerinas, who appear not at all as fairies, but as ordinary sweating women, bring up the same “unconventional” gene. But the higher the status of an artist, the more attention is paid to his personal life. So it seems that there are a lot of gays in ballet. The examples of Rudolf Nureyev, Vladimir Malakhov and David Holberg can confuse little boys who have just come to ballet.
Ballerinas rarely have children. This is not true, ballerinas often give birth, and sometimes at the height of their careers. But this situation is still relevant to the present. For example, Plisetskaya said that earlier ballerinas were not allowed to leave their creative life for at least a year. Today the situation has changed - ballerinas have time to give birth and quickly return to the stage. For example, Svetlana Zakharova gave birth to a girl and after two months she returned to the theater, retaining her magnificent shape. They even say that the birth of a child gives a woman's dance a new, special sound. And a vivid example of this is Ulyana Lopatkina.
After childbirth, it is impossible to restore shape. As mentioned above, there are cases when after a couple of months the ballerina returns to the stage, and after three months she dances in the performance. But it is very difficult - mentally and physically. The main thing here is to overcome yourself, to step over some kind of barrier. There is nothing impossible in this regard.
There are few men in ballet. Considering how few boys come to ballet, even fewer of them are graduated. So men in this art are really snapped up.
Ballet has a bad effect on health. This is unfortunately true. Many artists complain of back problems. This is especially pronounced in men. Knees and ankle joint often "fly", but this already depends on the technique. It happens that artists leave the stage because of poor health even before retirement.
Ballet is not popular with young people. It's not worth talking about the unpopularity of this art form. And young people really go to ballet less often than representatives of the older generation. The reason here is financial as well - regular attendance at shows is not cheap. Yes, and the same "Black Swan" with Volochkova and Tsiskaridze, no, no, they do their bit to popularize the dance.